Big Bullets on Saturday stepped up the pressure on Silver Strikers in the chase for the TNM Super League title when they thrashed Epac 3-0 at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.
Following the win, the People’s Team, who last won the championship eight years ago, are now neck and neck with defending champions Silver Strikers as they are now tied at 55 points .
But Silver have a superior goal difference and a game in hand as they face Kamuzu Barracks at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe this Sunday afternoon.
Wonderkid Gabadinho Mhango was once again the toast of the afternoon for Bullets with a five-star display that left the fans a little out of their breath. He scored a brace and created the other to deservedly walk away with the Man-of-the match Award.
Gabadinho drew the first blood in the 20th minute when he scored from close range following a blunder by Epac defender Hastings Ngwira.
But it was the second goal that was the talking point as the youngster produced some great individual brilliance to score a cracker just six minutes into the second half.
It was simply a beauty. He got a pass from Chimango Kayira and raced over 30 metres and weaved his way past a forest of five opponents.
And when everybody thought he would lay the ball for eagely waiting Heston Munthali and Divason Mlozi, Gabadinho unleashed a shot from a tight angle to score on the near post.
He then turned into a provider three minutes later when he beautifully set Mlozi, who unselfishnessly laid it to Kayira to finish with a simple tap-in and it was game over.
Bullets coach Eddington Ng’onamo said the win came purely as result of executing a game plan.
“We changed format and played 3-4-3 instead of the usual 4-3-3 because we wanted to dominate play in the midfield and attack in numbers and it worked.
“We now have to pray that Silver drop points in both of their remaining games and we win the last game next week so that we win the championship,” he said.
Epac’s Abbasi Makawa said : “ We gave away a very silly goal in the first half and it killed our game as we failed to recover.”
In Zomba, Esom United lost 2-0 to Red Lions.